Gone Fishin'

"I've finished life's chores assigned to me.
So put me on a boat headed out to sea.
Please send along my fishing pole
For I've been invited to the fishin' hole.

Where every day is a day to fish.
To fill your heart with every wish.
Don't worry, or feel sad for me.
I'm fishin' with the Master of the sea.

We will miss each other for awhile,
But you will come and bring your smile.
That won't be long you will see,
Till we're together you and me.

To all of those that think of me,
Be happy as I go out to sea.
If others wonder why I'm missin'
Just tell 'em I've gone fishin' "

John Joseph Santoro, 78, passed away on February 7th 2021 unexpectedly in his home in Sewell, New Jersey. Although John’s serious medical issues took him from this world, his loving heart will forever remain as a shiny beacon of light for all that knew him.

John was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to everyone. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Joan Santoro; his loving daughters; Susan Santoro, Michele Prettyman and Florence Carroll; his brothers Harry Santoro and Richard Santoro, and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Rita Santoro and younger brother, Lawrence Santoro.

John knew what mattered and never wavered. He lived life to the fullest! He loved his friends, good music, dancing, fishing, travel, playing cards, good food, booze, lots of laughter, the seashore, and the salt air.

He filled the room with so much life, love and laughter. He had a huge personality and was always there to help a friend in need, offer a helping hand and a kind word. He will forever be loved and missed.

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John was born on October 13, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA. to Lawrence and Rita Santoro, the first born “prince” of four boys. The family moved to Merchantville, NJ where John was raised, attended Saint Peter’s elementary school, and Bishop Eustace High School. He then went on to Temple University where he studied electrical engineering. During this time, he was an active member of Alpha Phi Delta, a fraternity that would lay the foundation for friendships that would endure his entire lifetime.

He married the love of his life, Joan O’Boyle, in 1964. Theirs was a true love story that lasted over 57 years. The women in his life were numerous as they went on to have three daughters together. His family was his greatest pride and joy. He loved babies and children and made regular donations to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

John enjoyed a prosperous career in real estate and insurance sales for many years. He had a passion for helping people and could create connections and warm relationships in a moment, which made him a natural talent in the sales world.
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